November Ramblings 2022

Hello and thanks for stopping by,

I hope this finds you doing well as we enter the last couple of months of 2022. The Holiday Season is upon us and yet another year has flown by. As I write we are still beset with worldwide social issues, weather related issues, power mongering issues, inflation and cost of living issues. We are indeed a species incapable of learning from the past and history does seem to repeat time and time again.
Still, looking on the brighter side of the street, things are bouncing back nicely from two years of pandemic misery and folks are out and about in greater numbers than before.

I was quite lucky in that I spent several weeks in Ireland this summer. We had two Tour groups and I elected to stay there between Tours, which afforded me lots of time to catch up with friends and family.
And I was offered a few unexpected contracts with Norwegian Cruise Line this year which keeps me traveling through mid-December.

My only regular land gig at this point is in Katie O’Donald’s, Bluffton, South Carolina and my next performance there is on Wednesday, November 16. I’ve been working with Donald for over twenty years now and I always look forward to my evenings there.

We currently have two Tours going to Ireland next year.

The first is Ireland of the Ages, July 16-24. On this trip we’ll visit both the West and East Coasts of Ireland, visiting castles, monastic and cultural sites and offering a full sightseeing itinerary.

The second tour is The North, October 3-11, 2023. It’s been quite a while since we’ve embarked on a dedicated Tour to Northern Ireland and on this trip we’ll see some of the best this part of the world has to offer. We’ll visit Enniskillen Castle, cruise Lough Erne, stop by the Titanic Exhibition, explore the Marble Arch Caves and a lot more along the way. This Tour just has three rooms still available.

Information on both Tours can be found here on the web site, or you can contact me on Facebook or Messenger or by phone with any questions.

Bookings for 2023 are still coming in but I have accepted a 14 day transatlantic cruise on board the Norwegian Dawn on April 20 – May 4, sailing from Manhattan in New York to Southampton in England. The ports of call include Halifax, Nova Scotia…St. John’s, Newfoundland…Reykjavik, Iceland, Belfast and Dun Laoighre…Ireland, Le Harve, France…and Southampton.

I will stay on board for a second contract, a 10 day cruise around the British Isles and Ireland, May 4 -14, 2023, with stops in Portland, England…Cobh, Dun Laoighre and Belfast, Ireland…Kirkwall, Invergordan and Edinburgh Scotland and Southampton.

I’m also booked on the Oceania Insignia on November 10, 2023 as part of a 15 night Caribbean cruise.
Please get in touch if you are interested in booking for a private event or concert.

Back in November of 1992 my ex-music partner Trish Rogers and I walked into the offices of Peach State Public Radio on Liberty Street in Savannah and asked if we could produce an Irish radio show. We were taken to the studio in the basement and a couple of hours later emerged with a prototype of what would become the Green Island Radio Show. Trish decided shortly thereafter to forgo the idea in favour of other projects and so I became co-host and mouthpiece for the show. Originally a once a month offering, it soon became a bi-weekly program and then a weekly part of the Peach State Public Radio roster. The corporation is now known as Georgia Public Broadcasting and the show still airs every Sunday evening at 9.00PM and can be heard on any GPB member stations and online. It’s been a most enjoyable endeavor these last thirty years but it’s now time to say one final ‘goodnight and God bless’ and the last episode will be broadcast on Sunday, March 19, 2023 (according to the current timetable).

For those who listened to the show through the years and to those who still listen I’d like to say, ‘thank you’. There is in life a beginning, a middle and an end to everything and I feel the time is right to say goodbye to the show.

Well, that’s it from me…I hope the Holiday Season is good to you. See you out there,

Harry O'Donoghue

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